Thursday, May 26, 2011

Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Mo... mother told me to choose... (actually, I wish my mother would tell me which one to choose!). There are currently two quilts I am working on that I had wanted quilted ASAP. Neither one of them is to the flimsy stage yet, but knowing that my two local longarm quilters usually have a few weeks lead time I got my name on their lists a couple of weeks ago and then went to work on the tops, secure in the knowledge that I would be ready by the time they could squeeze me in. So it was a complete surprise when I received a phone call from one of them yesterday saying she was ready for my quilt. At first I told her to skip over me and go to the next one on her list and then I thought, "why not get something out of that pile of flimsy stage quilts and put her right to work for you?" Now the question is, which one (and this doesn't include the three I have draped over my loft banister made of vintage blocks)? Some of these tops have been floating around here since the late 1990s--and they look it.
And the winner is... this Chinese Coins that I made in a class a couple of years ago , learning free-form foundation piecing. A real stretch for me--although I make scrap quilts, I usually plan the scraps a bit. This was a "kitchen sink" approach--though I tried to limit it to warm undertones (emphasis on tried).

In the meantime, I have set aside my sons college t-shirt quilt, which is to the sashing and cornerstone stage, to get my grandson's birthday quilt made. I had hoped to be farther along than this by now, but the friend I mentioned in my previous post passed away Tuesday morning and I have spent a lot of time on the phone coordinating the meal for the family to follow the funeral.
These are not pieced yet--just trying it out. If you don't have a design wall, design boards are the next best thing. Foamcore board, spray adhesive and cotton batting--holds block pieces in place as you move them from the cutting table to the sewing machine--or stand them up to get a good view.
Everything is cut and ready. I'm thinking this needs some depth and I may audition a dark blue to border some of the blocks. You can see some in the fussy cut Dr. Seuss print, if I can just find the right color.
My current leader/ender project is something I saw at our local shop hop last year. It is called "EYE FOOLER" from Spruce Creek Designs. It is made of a lot of little pieces, so it is fun to see it happening between the lines--as Bonnie says.
This is the one hanging in the store.
Leader/ender progress. All the 4-patch units are made. Now I start on the tri-recs units.
Last exciting news--I am getting a design wall! No more crawling around on the floor to lay out and rearrange blocks! Since we are empty nesters (again) I decided to quit moping about how quiet the house is and try to find something positive in the situation. Our boys moved into an apartment with friends the day after Mother's Day. So I am taking a nice long wall in the main floor bedroom and DH is doing this up right. He has trimmed one of the two 4x8' panels of foam insulation so that they will fit perfectly between floor and ceiling. He is screwing them into the wall and then I will cover it with a king size cotton batting. I can't wait!
Design wall in the making!
'Til next time, from the little mountain valley where the sagebrush grows,
Janet O.


  1. Hi I really like the Eye Fooler quilt you are making. Is this a newly purchased pattern as I can't find it on-line. I don't write a blog at the moment, but I will as soon as number 1 daughter shows me how!My email is if you could give me anymore details of the pattern. Quilt in piece.
    From Lynn Walker, Shropshire, U.K.

  2. P.S. Your list of favourite books includes many that I have enjoyed. occassionally I visit a group called The Cranford Quilters in Knutsford, Cheshire where Elizabeth Gaskell lived and the story Cranford. Small world

  3. I did the same thing for my design wall but then I covered it with flannel sheets queen size from JC Penney in a taupe color (cut the corner elastic off the fitted sheet!)
    this flannel is so much better then what you buy at the fabric stores,
    mine has lasted at least 6 years now and it still looks brand new
    i vacuum it every once in a while its better then white doesn't show the threads as much or compete with the blocks /fabric I put up there.
    I have had a few design walls thisone is by far the best

  4. visit my blog you can see pictures of it.
    also we put 1/4" plywood down then construction glued the insulation sheets to that covered in batting , covered with the sheets then applied it to the wall with corner screws and in the center

    need any other help just let me know

  5. Hi, I also love the "Eye Fooler" pattern. I tried to Google it, but unsuccessful. If you would be so kind as to share the source? Thanks a bunch!! Gina Hare

  6. The "eye fooler" pattern is beautiful. I too would love a link to a source for it.

    My husband and I put a design wall together last year. I love it and use it all the time. I used Warm and Natural cotton batting for it. It works well, but I am not sure it was the best choice.


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